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November 2009 Archives

Nothing Like a Visit to the ER to Shake Loose a Little Gratitude…

posted by Joan Ball

I had a little trouble writing a gratitude list in a post last week. It’s not that I was feeling particularly ungrateful – just a little tired and a little blah as the days moved toward Thanksgiving. The holiday passed easily. […]

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Black Friday Treat: My New Favorite Christmas Song by Katie Rice…

posted by Joan Ball

I met singer/songwriter Katie Rice about a month ago at a weekend retreat. The moment we greeted one another in the great room of the house we shared with a dozen or so fellow wanderers I sensed something in her […]

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Gratitude List…

posted by Joan Ball

While we don’t need to wait for Thanksgiving to write a gratitude list, it’s not a bad time to reflect and say thank you. Here are some of the things I have to be grateful for today… My husband and […]

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Rest…

posted by Joan Ball

I am not great at resting.  Even when I have the time (which is rare) I find myself either filling my rest time with activity or retreating completely (i.e. a day or two at Holy Cross monastery) in order to […]

Living Christian: Are We Geniuses in the Art of Living?

posted by Joan Ball

“What does it mean to live a Christian life?  A simple question that has been asked and answered in countless books and sermons. The faithful and those that would call them to task wrestle with it and set out with […]

Living Christian: Do Christians Really Help Others?

posted by Joan Ball

Woke this morning thinking about the scripture that says the early Christians liquidated all they had and used it to serve God and one another.  44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they […]

How Would Jesus Respond to the Charter for Compassion?: John Barry Weighs In

posted by Joan Ball

This is the second in a series of guest posts from Christian scholars and thinkers regarding what Jesus might have made of the Charter for Compassion developed in response to religious scholar and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong’s wish to […]

Monotation: One Image, One Word Meditation from Spencer Burke

posted by Joan Ball

Here’s another Monotation from Spencer Burke, founder of the Ooze.com, and creator of these visual meditations with a single associated word meant to create space for personal reflection.  Tired and on deadline for my book today, this one helped me remember that, while circumstances […]

How Would Jesus Respond to the Charter for Compassion?: Phyllis Tickle Weighs In

posted by Joan Ball

When religious scholar and author Karen Armstrong accepted the TED prize in February, 2008, she, like other recipients of the prize, shared a wish for the betterment of society. The former Roman Catholic nun who refers to herself as a […]

Mountain Advance Phase One: Fail

posted by Joan Ball

I am writing from a crowded Terminal A at Washington/Dulles Airport. The fact that I am here at all is a mini-miracle since my 9:25 a.m. flight out of Newark, N.J. was actually a 9:25 a.m. flight out of LaGuardia […]

Monotation: One Image, One Word Meditation from Spencer Burke

posted by Joan Ball

I love this idea. A visual mediation with a single associated word meant to create space for personal reflection. The Polaroid Camera frame adds to the charm of what creator Spencer Burke, founder of the Ooze.com, calls a Monotation. He posts […]

Previous Posts

Does the Protestant Work Ethic Hold Up in the 21st Century
This was originally posted last year, but it's on my mind again today... Reading a "secular" textbook this morning about the roots of Americans' tendency to define themselves by the work they do and came across this: "Calvin's doctrine of predestination led his followers [to view] success in wor

posted 2:48:59pm Feb. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Does the Protestant Work Ethic Hold Up in the 21st Century?
This was originally posted last year, but it's on my mind again today... Reading a "secular" textbook this morning about the roots of Americans' tendency to define themselves by the work they do and came across this: "Calvin's doctrine of predestination led his followers [to view] success in wor

posted 12:57:29pm May. 25, 2011 | read full post »

Holy Saturday: Thoughts on Sacrifice
Woke this morning thinking about sacrifice and how infrequently most of us, myself included, actually sacrifice anything of true value to ourselves for God and others. Sure we give money to our favorite charities. But when is the last time we actually parted with money that would have gone to paying

posted 9:50:42am Apr. 23, 2011 | read full post »

Maundy Thursday: Inspirational Holy Week Stories for an Extraordinary Season...
Wondering about the meaning of Holy Week and Easter? A new friend and talented author, pastor, artist Dr. David McDonald, has created a helpful site called The Common Truth: Ordinary Stories for an Extraordinary Season that offers thought-provoking daily reflections and inspirational Easter season

posted 9:51:07am Apr. 21, 2011 | read full post »

An Ordinary Holy Week Primer for an Extraordinary Season...
Wondering about the meaning of Holy Week and Easter? A new friend and talented author, pastor, artist Dr. David McDonald, has created a helpful site called The Common Truth: Ordinary Stories for an Extraordinary Season that offers thought-provoking daily reflections on Palm Sunday, Fig Monday, Grea

posted 12:27:39am Apr. 19, 2011 | read full post »

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